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Today's chic decor, tomorrow's style headache? Photo: Pink Moose, Flickr

When my contractor recently asked how I wanted my new tub finished off, my immediate reply was: "Subway tile. Plain. White." Don't get me wrong. I'm fairly adventurous with color in the home, but I figure going conservative for anything difficult and expensive to upgrade – like tile – will earn me good karma with my home's future owners.

Fact is, a white tiled bathroom can always be decorated around. Unusual colors, patterns and textures cannot. At least, they are hard to disguise once they begin looking dated -- as this week's DIY Disasters slideshow, "Terrible Tile: the Bad and the Ugly," demonstrates!

Terrible Tile: the Bad and the Ugly(click thumbnails to view gallery)

Ugly and BadTomorrow's Ugly?Please. No.Tile Like it's 1985Pretty in Pink?

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